Our Tractoring Gulf War Veteran Needs a Large Favor From A Patriotric Company!
Matt Letterman, who barely made it to DC driving his tractor from Willow Springs MO to Washington DC for a hearing on the Hill for Gulf War Illness on July 30th at 0330 AM. He was there on the Hill and afterwards to make a statement that Gulf War Veterans are ill and disabled and not getting a fair shake from the government that they put their lives on the line for in 1990-91. Mr Letterman’s Rally Call was and is WE DO NOT LEAVE OUR VETERANS IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE. Our Field of Battle has followed us home and for 19 years we have fought to get the best care, treatment and compensation when it is really needed.
Mr Letterman never even got a Compensenation and Pension Exam from the MO VA Regional Office when he submitted his claim years ago. We wonder How many other claims were denied due to a missing Compensation and Pension Exam. His service officer at the time from the DAV also failed this soldier veteran. Congresswoman Emerson’s staff had a chance and that didn’t work. Now Senator Bond is leading the charge to get the situation corrected!
The kicker here is that the US Social Security Office found him disabled in five days! The veteran came to DC a year ago to try and get the situation resolved by going to the Gulf War Veterans Advisory Committee what resulted was another denial and no help.
Now he risked his life and went against medical advise in driving his John Deer Tractor to DC. He ended up on the 31st of July at the ER at the VA DC Hospital and was admitted. He has now gotten his Compensation and Claim Exam done finally, he is getting a new service officer on Thursday, his claim has been reviewed by a certified claims officer in KS and found to have a load of Clear and Unmistakable Errors on the part of VA. You would think VA headquarters would have helped a year ago but no.
He made a statement that was heard by other veterans and people on the Hill but not one Major Network News covered the story! They thought the Missouri veteran didnt speak well enough for mainsteam media.
Now we are searching for a Patriotic Company to get his tractor , A John Deer Tractor, back home. Matt Letterman remains hospitalized at VA DC Hospital.
John Deere Tractor 5093e
He has a bucket loader on the front and a mower on the back can be detached
28 ft from Bucket loader front to end of mower
Vehicle is 8 ft wide
Vehicle is 8ft 9 inches Tall
MFWD Dimensions Wheelbase, in. (mm) 85.7 (2178)
Front Tread Range, in. (mm) 52.8 – 75.0 (1340 – 1904)
Front Axle Clearance, in. (mm) 15.8 (4.81)
Turning Radius w/Brakes, ft. (m) 10.2 (3.10)
Turning Radius w/o Brakes, ft. (m) 12.5 (3.81)
Limited Slip Differential Yes
Unballasted Operating Weight, lb. (kg) 7,435 (3372)
- Approx. Ship Wgt, lb. (kg) Open; Cab 7,385 (3350)